Monday, February 18, 2013

Jambalaya, Baby

Creole and cajun purists may scoff at the idea of any meal that doesn't contain copious amounts of meat.   That's okay.  I'm a firm believer in adapting recipes while enjoying the spirit of how something is prepared.  Yesterday, I tried my hand at jambalaya and it was a big hit.


1 quart vegetable stock
1 cup brown jasmine rice
1 small can tomato paste
1 15 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 large sweet onion chopped
1 cup sliced okra
1 bell pepper cored, seeded and chopped
2 zucchini's cut in half moons
1 yellow squash cut in half moons
4 ribs of celery sliced
4 cloves garlic crushed and minced
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon hot sauce
handful of fresh chopped parsley or 1 tsp dried
diced green onions as garnish


Sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery (for 3-5 minutes).  While that is cooking blend the stock and tomato paste until smooth. Add the rice and cook for a minute or two and then add the stock mixture.  Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes, covered.  Stir occasionally.

While the rice mixture is cooking sauté the okra for about 10 minutes and then add the zucchini and squash for about 5 minutes.  Blend this into the rice mixture and stir well.  Return the lid, add the spices, and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Continue to stir every couple of minutes.

When rice is soft the dish is complete.  Generously sprinkle each serving with green onions. 

Serves about 6-8 people.  As always a garden salad is a great side dish.

This dish is vegan, vegetarian, plant-strong, and has no added oils.

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